January 7, 2009 Edition

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Frankly speaking...

Local attorney David Mullen, who died at his home early Saturday, was a Jaycee in the late 1970s and early '80s when that organization was quite active in this area. David as always a leader in that group.

During many of those years, the Jaycees were organizers of the local Christmas parade, conducted a yearly Toys for Tots program and held many fund-raisers and social events. He was also a leader in high school as student body president and was active in professional organizations for attorneys. He often addressed others with a respective title, such as "Sir" Smith.

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Nita Bob Warner, a native of Hoxie and Walnut Ridge, was a pioneer in the world of U.S. women Marines. She was commissioned as a second lieutenant in only the second class of women to graduate as Marines. Read more about her remarkable career in her obituary. A memorial service for Lt. Col. (ret.) Warner will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park in Walnut Ridge.

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Weston Little, who was recently hired to work with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency in New York City, shared with us the complex process he went through to be hired. It was not your standard employee hiring, and I found it to be very interesting.

Weston's father, Gary, encouraged him to look into this job as a bank examiner. Despite not having much luck submitting application materials online, he filled out an application and sent his resume online. He then received an e-mail requesting an interview over the phone. As part of his application, he listed New York City as his location preference.

After a lengthy phone interview, Weston was told that if he was recommended for a second interview he would be notified in three to four weeks. In mid-October he received the e-mail that he had been chosen to travel to New York City to interview on Nov. 5. The office made all his travel arrangements and paid for his expenses.

In NYC, he found out he was one of 70 chosen to come to the city out of 436 applicants with 200 of them chosen for phone interviews. Out of 70, 15 were to be hired for the whole Northeast District.

Weston was interviewed by a panel for about two hours and then took a written test. After lunch, he and other applicants underwent further testing. After nine hours they were dismissed to travel home, and a few days later he received the call that he had been hired.

He begins work on Jan. 26, and we wish him much luck.

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